Dev Chat Summary for November 25, 2015

BuddyPress 2.4.1

  • As of 11/30/15, 2.4.1 will be released this week.
  • Six of the 7 tickets slated for this release are all good to go.
  • (#6675) WP 4.4. deprecates wp_title() will be moved to BP 2.4.2 which is scheduled sometime after WP 4.4.0 is released.

BuddyPress 2.5.0

  • @djpaulgibbs proposed start of dev cyle on Wednesday, Dec. 2, and release by March 2, 2016. He also mentioned that “we will lose probably a few weeks’ worth of development over Christmas, but I’d rather keep the pace up even if that means a smaller release.”
  • @boonebgorges noted that “in the last couple releases we’ve done fairly long beta/RC periods. I think it’s been good to be conservative. But they’ve also been too long for what we’ve actually needed. So if we think the release might be a bit smaller, we might consider a somewhat condensed period between feature-freeze and release. Not something we have to decide today.”

Wishlist

These are a few of our favorite things and suggestions for this dev cycle:

Improve BP Navigation from @im4th. @boonebgorges has started work on ticket last week refreshing the `BP_Nav` ideas. He will “dive into it after WP 4.4 comes out.”

Clear out all trac bugs from@tw2113.

Update Member home page to match new functionality of Group home page from @hnla. Can start off with user’s own `front.php` template and expand on top of this later.

BP Emails from @djpaulgibbs. This involves “architectural improvements to emails, and customizable emails. (#6592)

xProfiledata_meta from @boonebgorges.  Fix the way xProfile field visibility is stored (move from usermeta to xProfiledata_meta), which will make the data schema saner and also allow us to fix some search-related bugs.

Do the @todo items in codebase from @tw2113.

Improved caps from @im4th. Currently doing it in his template pack project.

Hashtags from @jconti. @slaffik noted that there are two BP-compatible hashtag plugins in WP repo. Chat continued on whether hashtags will be used for search vs. auto-completing hashtags or both.  @rayisme has worked on a fork of etiviti’s older hashtags plugin, will require at least some form of unicode support. He will be working on “Better compatibility when using ‘BP_ENABLE_USERNAME_COMPATIBILITY_MODE’ and UTF-8” which would also support emoji hashtags mentioned by @djpaulgibbs.

BP Template Versioning from @hnla. Feedback requested on current ticket to move the project forward.  (#6642)

developer.buddypress.org from @mercime. @djpaulgibbs noted the logistics required and testing will be needed before deployment. @boonebgorges mentioned some devs expect projects with stable APIs to have web-based documentation generated even when they are already big fans of the inline documentation.

Add “semi-private group” from @mercime. @boonebgorges pointed out that there were a couple tickets about separating the various parts of group status into standalone bits, so that you could make custom group types  like visibility vs join/invite vs who-can-invite etc. A version of “semi-private” would be some combination of these things. (#6094)

Bulk mentions for Groups from @jconti.  Feature is akin to Slack’s @ {here} {channel} {etc}. @djpaulgibbs noted that “the complexity there is around updating the notifications and probably a per-group setting to turn that on/off, when I rewrote the auto-suggest lookup stuff about a year ago, I had it in mind to be able to support group mentions, so there’s some work done already. @im4th brought up concern about notifications (emails) if a group has 200,000 members.

Reactions instead of favorites, dream from @im4th@boonebgorges replied with “A dream: BuddyPress Relationship Table and API.”  @djpaulgibbs: both ideas fill me with memories of many hours spent on those, I have like a quarter-done github branch somewhere porting Posts2Posts over if anyone’s really really keen. “

Update default templates from @hnla. Explore what we can do to update the default templates – perhaps with a focus on markup in core that can be extracted out to template directories.

There are more features, bug fixes, and enhancements not mentioned above that already have tickets in Trac and some that will have tickets soon. Join the fun in making this dev cycle another awesome one for the community!

Trac Tickets for the 2.5.0 milestone are available on this page.

Slack log: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/buddypress/p1448481734000967